Although public speaking is considered more fearful to most than dying, just about all of us will be faced with it at some point before our last breath. To ease the burden of this terrifying experience, and create a meaningful message for your audience, it is imperative to begin work on your presentation by first organizing your ideas. Last week in section and lecture we witnessed the best and worst examples of this simple tool.
During discussion, the second group to speak on Goal #1 had absolutely no direction. Each group member took their time rambling on about a problem inflicting Beijing and its surrounding countryside with no end in sight. The purposeless presentation was then supplemented with a poster that, not surprisingly, had flip-flopped the captions and pictures. Although speech is not strength to everyone, understanding the fundamentals of organization and objective speaking would have made group 1A’s presentation purposeful and understandable.
On the other hand, during Thursday’s lecture Kelly and Broc’s presentation on technology in Somalia was easy to follow. They began by breaking down their solution into three, easy to follow, distinguishable areas: mobile phones, wireless internet, and energy to fuel information and communication technologies. In addition, they pushed their research further to propose specific solutions to each of the problems, and even attained a model of the $100 laptop that is currently being distributed to children all over third world counties. They weren’t extremely skilled speakers, however their message was clear made up for their lack of finesse.
When putting together a presentation you must learn to work with what you have, in the best way you know possible. Kelly and Broc weren’t polished speakers, but they did a great job making their information understandable to listeners. On the other hand, group 1A made no attempt to ease the listener’s responsibilities and made it difficult for anyone to understand what was going on. By feeling comfortable with what you do know, and working to explain it in a way that makes sense, you can wash away any fear of public speaking, and feel confident your message will be heard loud and clear.